2021 Spring NewsTribune Football All-Area Team

OFFENSE

QB — Braden Damerell, St. Bede, Sr.

Damerell was a dual threat quarterback who led the Bruins to a 5-1 record. He completed 37-of-60 passes for 716 yards and eight touchdowns with four interceptions while running for 323 yards and three scores. He was Second-Team All-Three Rivers Conference Mississippi Division.

QB — Tyler Gibson, Princeton, Sr.

Gibson directed the area’s most potent offense that averaged 42 points per game for the 6-0 Tigers. He completed 46-of-82 passes for 934 yards and 10 touchdowns to four interceptions. Gibson was a threat to run as well with 179 yards and three TDs on the ground. He was unanimous All-TRC Mississippi.

RB — Jaxon Cusac-McKay, Fieldcrest, Sr.

Cusac-McKay was a weapon running the ball or catching passes out of the backfield. He rushed for 323 yards and two touchdowns while catching 22 passes for 221 yards and two TDs for the 4-0 Knights. He was First-Team All-Heart of Illinois Conference on both sides of the ball as he had 16 tackles and an interception as a defensive back.

RB — Ronde Worrels, Princeton, Sr.

The NewsTribune Offensive Football Player of the Year had no trouble picking up yards for the 6-0 Tigers as he ran for 620 yards and 11 touchdowns on 100 carries. Worrels, who will play linebacker at Northern Illinois University, led PHS with 67 tackles and three tackles for loss. Worrels was First-Team All-TRC Mississippi on both sides of the ball.

WR — Tyreke Fortney, St. Bede, Jr.

Any time Fortney touched the ball, a big play was possible. He caught 20 passes for 437 yards — 21.9 yards per reception — and five touchdowns while running the ball 30 times for 202 yards and five scores for the 5-1 Bruins. He was First-Team All-TRC Mississippi.

WR — Henry Lorton, Fieldcrest, Sr.

Lorton was a reliable big play threat for the 4-0 Knights as he had 50 or more receiving yards in each game. He hauled in 14 passes for 321 yards — 22.9 yards per catch — and five touchdowns. Lorton was First-Team All-HOIC.

OL — Grant Foes, Princeton, Sr.

Foes was a unanimous All-TRC Mississippi pick as he helped pave the way for the area’s highest scoring offense (42 points per game.) Foes helped the 6-0 Tigers rush for 251.2 yards and pass for 157 yards per game. He also was a First-Team All-TRC Mississippi pick on the defensive line as he made 34 tackles.

OL — Jordan Hochecker, Fieldcrest, Sr.

Hochecker started all four years on the offensive line, leading the Knights to back-to-back undefeated regular seasons, including a 4-0 mark this spring. He helped pave the way for a balanced Fieldcrest offense that averaged 143.3 rushing yards, 168.5 passing yards and 24.8 points per game. He was First-Team All-HOIC.

OL — Carson Mrowicki, La Salle-Peru, Sr.

Mrowicki anchored a strong Cavalier offensive line that paved the way for the area’s second-best rushing attack that averaged 214.8 yards per game and racked up more than 200 yards in four of five games for the 5-0 Cavs. He was All-Interstate Eight Conference.

OL — Shawn Schwemlein, St. Bede, Sr.

Schwemlein was the leader of an experienced offensive line that blocked for a balanced Bruin attack that averaged 148.3 rushing yards, 119.3 passing yards and 24.3 points per game. The Second-Team All-TRC Mississippi Division pick helped St. Bede finish 5-1.

OL — Christian Tellez, Mendota, Jr.

Tellez and the Trojans only got to play three games, but he shined in his time on the field on both sides of the ball. On offense, he helped MHS average 160 rushing yards, 120.7 passing yards and 25 points per game. Defensively, He was All-Big Northern Conference.

K — Jacob Joyal, Fieldcrest, Sr.

Joyal was a reliable kicker for the 4-0 Knights, booting three field goals — including the game winner with 26.8 seconds left in a 16-14 win at Eureka — and connecting on 11-of-12 extra points. He also was solid defensively, making 23 tackles and intercepting a pass.

DEFENSE

DL — Levi Reed, La Salle-Peru, Sr.

The NewsTribune Defensive Football Player of the Year was a disruptive force at defensive end as he was constantly in opposing backfields. He had 33 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and four sacks to lead L-P to a 5-0 record. He was All-Interstate Eight.

DL — Alex May, Princeton, Sr.

May was a key cog in the PHS defense up front as he recorded 47 tackles and a sack for a defense that allowed 92.2 rushing yards, 131 passing yards and 13.8 points per game while limiting three teams to seven points or less. He also blocked a punt. May was voted First-Team All-TRC Mississippi.

DL — Weston Wenzel, La Salle-Peru, Sr.

Wenzel was a strong presence at defensive end opposite Reed. He made 32 tackles, six tackles for loss and three sacks for L-P while also recovering a fumble. Wenzel helped the Cavaliers limit opponents to 60 rushing yards, 113.4 passing yards and 10.4 points per game. He was All-Interstate Eight.

LB — Dominic Guerrini, Hall, Jr.

Guerrini was a bright spot during a tough year for the Red Devils. He recorded a team-high 67 tackles along with six tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He was voted First-Team All-Three Rivers Mississippi.

LB — Drew Harp, Princeton, Jr.

Harp was a tackling machine for the Tigers, racking up 66 tackles, which was second on the team. He also had a sack and a fumble recovery. Harp helped the 6-0 Tigers hold three opponents to seven points or less. He was First-Team All-Three Rivers Mississippi.

LB — Tyler Hartman, La Salle-Peru, Sr.

Hartman added middle linebacker to his duties and he excelled, making 26 tackles, three tackles for loss and a pair of sacks while intercepting a pass. At quarterback, he threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 270 yards and three TDs. He was named co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Interstate Eight.

LB — Jayce Ladzinski, St. Bede, Sr.

Ladzinski was the top tackler for a solid Bruin defense that surrendered 16.5 points per game. He made 38 tackles and recorded four sacks while also forcing a fumble for the 5-1 Bruins. Ladzinski was First-Team All-TRC Mississippi.

LB — Travis Sunken, Fieldcrest, Sr.

Sunken was the leader of a Fieldcrest defense that gave up 10.5 points per game and did not allow a second half point until late in the third quarter during a running clock second half in the final game of the season. Sunken, who had 14 tackles, was First-Team All-HOIC for the 4-0 Knights.

DB — Cael Davis, Princeton, Sr.

Davis was a ball hawk for the Tigers as he intercepted five passes this spring. He also had 47 tackles for a defense that allowed 92.2 rushing yards, 131 passing yards and 13.8 points per game. Davis was a unanimous All-TRC Mississippi pick.

DB — David Narkis, La Salle-Peru, Sr.

Narkis had a knack for the big play as he intercepted three passes, including two in L-P’s 21-20 comeback win over Kaneland in the finale that helped the Cavaliers finish off a 5-0 season. Narkis, who had 14 tackles, was honorable mention All-Interstate Eight.

DB — Mac Resetich, Hall, So.

Resetich was strong on both sides of the ball. Defensively, he had 25 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception. As a running back/receiver, he had 188 rushing yards and a touchdown and 312 receiving yards and a TD. He was Second-Team All-TRC Mississippi.

P — Drake Weber, La Salle-Peru, Sr.

Weber was a standout in all three phases of the game. As a punter, he averaged 31 yards per punt and had three punts of 40 yards or more. As a linebacker, he made a team-high 41 tackles with six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He also had 221 total yards and two touchdowns. Weber was All-Interstate Eight.

HONORABLE MENTION

Kaleb Cain, Princeton, Sr., OL

Matt Carrico, La Salle-Peru, Jr., RB

Zac Cremer, Fieldcrest, Sr., DL

Andrew Demaso, La Salle-Peru, Sr., OL

Joe Edwall, St. Bede, Sr., OL

Evan Eckberg, Bureau Valley, Sr., DB

Sean Fitzpatrick, Sr., Amboy co-op, RB/LB

Trevon Hunter, La Salle-Peru, Jr., RB/DB

Austin Jefford, Fieldcrest, Sr., LB

Rylan Kerper, Hall, Jr, OL

Eli Kruse, Bureau Valley, Jr., LB

Eric Lane, La Salle-Peru, Sr., OL

Logan Link, St. Bede, Sr., DL

Kody Mongan, Princeton, Sr., OL

Nick Pearse, St. Bede, Sr., K

Bennett Sierens, Princeton, Jr., WR

Luke Story, St. Bede, Jr., DB

Chris Swayne, La Salle-Peru, Sr., LB

Alec Vecchia, Hall, Sr., DT

Sean Whitfield, La Salle-Peru, Jr., QB/RB/DB